We are going to be cozy this winter. Another HUGE look for the season is knits. From cable to aztec, chunky, boyfriend, over-sized, and draped, they are all in. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?!? Now we can dress comfortably for the cold and still be stylish! How to rock the look:
love the play of brown and black in this ensemble
It's all about proportion.
Pairing a chunky sweater with slim pants and flats looks chic.
More windowpane plaid, what can I say? Its in.
a statement necklace dresses up a basic sweater
gray and mustard. Love it!
If you are feeling gutsy, this is THE look for fall.
If you are looking for a way to freshen up your wardrobe this season, try some plaid pieces. It is classic made contemporary. Free People, $128., Anthropologie
For a riff on menswear try a windowpane plaid. They were all over the runways for Fall/Winter '14. Here are a few budget friendly items that pack a lot of punch style-wise and work well for the office and beyond:
Another season, another high fashion designer collaboration for Target. Altazura's NYFW runway show was one of the most hotly anticipated of Fall. Target launched it's collaboration September 14th- in stores and online. Altuzarra caters to a powerful, sexy, sophisticated shopper. Get the runway look for less (and pick up some milk and cheez-its while you're there).
The red lip, behind the scenes at J.Crew, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, means drinking soda through a straw.
The red lip continues to be a prominent look in the fashion world. It pairs beautifully with all the blacks, navys, and neutrals for Fall. What an easy and inexpensive update to your make-up routine. Be bold!
There was a fascinating article on NPR last week*. The article concerned the 6% drop in sales for denim over the past year. This is significant downturn as denim sales have remained steady for decades.
What could be the culprit? Yoga Pants. Yes, you read it right and I am sure you are not surprised. The sale of yoga pants and active wear rose by 7% in the same time period. Athleisure may be here to stay. Says Amanda Halley of LIM College in Manhattan, "Everyone wants to look like they're running to the gym, even if they are not."
It seems Americans love elastic waistbands and soft stretchy fabric. The article also mentioned the relative non-wearability of recent trends such as skinny and colored jeans.
Personally I am doing my part for both industries by supporting designer jeans and a terrible lululemon habit. I am a giver.
*NPR. Blue Jeans Losing their Grip on American Hips. L. Carol Ritchie, 9/6/14. Web. www.npr.org
The dark floraltrend has been going on since the runways of 2012. But it keeps coming up season after season and has certainly mainstreamed into fast fashion. The prints themselves are reminiscent of the paintings of the Dutch Masters with bursting flowers.
Dries Van Noten SS14
Alberta Ferretti SS14
Runway to Real Life:
Asos Floral Cardigan
Free People Floral Maxi, $148.
Gray is a perfect compliment for florals as a neutral.